The Week In Review is our series meant to recap all the major announcements of the week, which you might have missed. Week 25 of 2014 was yet another busy ride with plenty of new announcements so you are in for a long read.
This week's highlight is definitely the Google's I/O conference. Android L developer's preview was announced there, but the OS official name (Lollipop?) and version number will be revealed later this year. Android L brings various changes to the UI, with refreshed status bar, dialer and just about every other system apps. Google has also redesigned the transition animations so they look cooler and more natural. The notifications and Google Chrome have been upgraded as well.
Google also announced the Android One smartphone program that strives to provide a unified feature set tailored-made for the market the phone is launching in. Sundar Pichai shared that Micromax, Spice and Karbonn are the first participants into the Android One initiative.
Android Wear was also detailed and its full SDK made available. Motorola launched a demo video of its highly anticipated Moto 360, LG revealed the specs of its G Watch, while Samsung announced the Android Wear-powered Gear Live smartwatch.
Microsoft managed to steal some spotlight too. The company announced the Nokia X2 and the new X Platform 2.0 based on Android 4.3. The new software boasts more functional multitasking, the option to see most used apps and updated Fastlane. The free HERE Maps subscription for voice-guided navigation is also present, while notification drawer now packs a refreshed shortcut menu.
Unfortunately, Nokia X, X+ and XL will not be updated to X Platform 2.0 because of the hardware limitations. Microsoft has promised, though, it will keep updating the original X Platform.
The Windows family has grown bigger throughout the past week with the AllView's Impera lineup - the Windows Phone 8.1-powered smartphones Impera S and Impera I, plus the Windows 8.1-based 8" Impera I8 tablet. Those three gadgets surely seems like great offers and the low prices were possible thanks to Microsoft dropping all licensing fees for Windows on sub-9" devices.
Huawei brought the Honor 6 flagship this week. It is s built around a 5" 1080p screen from JDI, and powered by the company's home-brewed Kirin 920 chipset. The SoC is comparable with Samsung's Exynos octa-core chipsets with four Cortex-A15 cores and four Cortex-A7 cores, plus Mali-T624. Unlike the Exynos, the Kirin 920 supports LTE Cat. 6 for up to 300Mbps downlink speeds (as fast as dual-channel Wi-Fi 802.11n).
Quite expectedly Samsung Galaxy F and Galaxy Note 4 made rounds in the rumorland. The Note 4 is now rumored to launch on September 25, but is tipped to pack a 12MP OIS camera contradicting to previous rumors about 16 or 20MP sensors. Meanwhile the Galaxy F leaked in yet another render.
You bet the iPhone 6 was in the news again. This time we heard Apple's upcoming 5.5" version of the flagship is rumored to come with an OIS camera and 128GB flavor, while the 4.7" edition won't have those options. And while we are talking Apple, this week also saw the iOS 7.1.1 jailbreak.